Monday, September 22, 2014
   
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Board extends Porter’s contract

The Brady school board offered to renew superintendent Bill Porter’s contract for the 2012-13 school year without a salary increase at his own request.

Porter’s annual salary has been $75,000 since he first took the job in 2009.

He said his first consideration is taking care of the teaching staff. Those salaries will increase approximately $27,410 collectively next year, with a 4% hike in insurance costs, before any contract negotiations are considered.

Raises for teachers and other administration will be considered after state aid is certified in March.

During Monday’s regular monthly meeting, board members also elected officers and made committee appointments.

Lisa Diehl will continue as board president and Marge Spencer retained her position as vice president. Matt Hatch was elected secretary and bookkeeper Ashley Lydic will remain the board treasurer.

In addition, all school board members were reassigned to at least four each of the eight board committees and reminded, as well, of deadlines for filing for election. Terms expire for Spencer, Harry Haythorn and T.J. Walker this election year.

In other action, the board approved four contracts with Educational Service Unit 16.

The early childhood special education, school-age special education, distance learning and network support services contracts total just under $150,000. That is $6,980, or 4.9%, less than last year’s contracts.

In addition, the board discussed:

an energy study visit from Russ Zellmer of Waldinger Corporation. Zellmer noted that the building is relatively energy efficient except for old windows in the older part of the facility. The board has already contracted with C & G Architects of North Platte for window replacement and if an energy grant is awarded, it will be put toward that project.

putting the old brown Suburban and an even older white Suburban up for sealed bids, reserving the right to reject any and all offers. Bids will be opened at next month’s regular meeting.

instructional time for K-12 students, learning that 1,242 hours is above the state-required amount.

advertisements for option enrollment students. Porter told the board that radio commercials in previous years have not attracted many students. Instead, he said, option enrollments come more from word of mouth. Because the 32 current option students equate to a large amount of state aid for the district, the board agreed to come up with a different marketing plan through committee.

student absences in relation to the state’s average. Porter told the board that one in eight students across the state misses 20 or more school days per year. During the 2010-11 school year, 2.9% of Brady students missed 20 or more days. At the end of the first semester of this year, the percentage had dropped to 1.5%.

distance learning opportunities and a scheduled trip by Porter to Wynot Public Schools where 35 courses are coming in or going out of the district via distance learning this school year. Porter said Brady has some distance learning equipment that is not being utilized and he would like to expand the options available to students.

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